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Uzbek Court Jails Three Hizb ut-Tahrir Members

Uzbeks at prayer in the capital, Tashkent ( June 27, 2006 (RFE/RL) – A court in the Uzbek capital Tashkent has sentenced three people on charges of belonging to the banned Islamic radical grouping Hizb ut-Tahrir, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reported.

Surat Ikramov, who heads the Center for Human Rights Initiatives in Tashkent, told RFE/RL that Khairulla Mavlonov, Anvarkhoja Turakhojaev, and Makhmud Khoshimov were sentenced on June 26 to jail terms of between six and 10 years.

The men will serve their sentences in a maximum-security penal colony.

Moscow-based Prima News, a news agency focused on human rights issues, quotes Mavlonov's lawyer, Khusan Makhbubov, as saying the charges were fabricated and that the court ignored testimony from witnesses for the defense.

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